Category Archives: Fellowship

What pastoral care looks like

An illustration of what many people do not know about pastoral ministry in the local Church. What you see is not always the whole picture. A lot of hard work happens behind the scenes in leadership. This illustrates efforts to care for people in a way that truly helps them. Continue reading

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Resolving conflicts among Christians

Jesus anticipated fractures in Christian fellowship. We should not be surprised by them but ready to seek reconciliation. Continue reading

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God’s primary work on earth

God’s purpose on earth today is to build a visible, united body of believers called the body of Christ, or the Church. The way we align ourselves with it is on the local level. Continue reading

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Fellowship and Confession

How can sinners have ongoing fellowship with God? Continue reading

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Are you discouraged by disunity?

There are many threats to Christian unity but the key to unity in a Church is not the absence of conflict but a shared commitment to pursue reconciliation when conflict occurs Continue reading

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Five motivations for protecting unity

1. The teaching of Jesus Matthew 5:23-24  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled … Continue reading

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Conflict and Unity in the Church

The story is not a pleasant one when a Church becomes a center of conflict instead of love. Yet the story is not exceptional either as many of our letters in the New Testament reveal. I smile when people say … Continue reading

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